Heinnovate's experts

Elena Ruskovaara

Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Post-doctoral researcher Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), School of Business and Management Finland

I have been involved in HEInnovate from the very beginning, and now I have used it in my university for more than three years. Since 2014, I have been working as leader of action plan for LUT Entrepreneurship Strategy. My doctoral thesis was about measuring entrepreneurship (enterprise) education, and I am very interested, still, in that topic. Furthermore, for the past fifteen years, I have worked in the field of further education for teachers, and I regularly run workshops and training session about entrepreneurial pedagogy.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Annmarie McHugh

Programme Director and Business Studies Lecturer Dundalk Institute of Technology Ireland

Annmarie is the Programme Director and a Business Studies Lecturer at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland.  She is a member of the EU HEInnovate Expert Facilitators Group and has broad experience with using HEInnovate. She implemented the HEInnovate tool in the School of Business and Humanities in Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2015 and again in 2017. Annmarie has spoken about the experience of using the HEInnovate tool to the higher education institutions in Scotland, at Dublin City University and at conferences and events in Brussels. She delivered a workshop on how to use HEInnovate and why you would use it, to the 3E ECSB Conference in Cork in 2017.  Annmarie advocates for the use of HEInnovate in higher education institutions, believing that it can be of benefit to the institutions as well as to their many stakeholders, in particular their students.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Bárbara Coelho Gabriel

Manager of Science and Technology at Research Unit TEMA and Invited Assistant Professor University of Aveiro Portugal

An enthusiastic user of HEInnovate, Barbara Gabriel implemented it already twice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro with two distinct target groups. HEInnovate is the catalyst for change and for several actions in the institution. The initiatives are focused on engineering education with impact at the rector level, namely, the creation of a Science and Engineering Education Group and the promotion of the project E3@UA – Excellence in Engineering Education at University of Aveiro that involved all the engineering academic staff and students. HEInnovate will be also used as reinforcement of the University-Society Cooperation under the scope of engineering education. 

I can be contacted for the following:
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Prof Paul D. Hannon

Director, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Swansea University United Kingdom

Paul has been engaged with HEInnovate since its conception and has supported its growth and development including the development of the training materials during the past five years. He has undertaken institutional reviews using the HEInnovate framework and worked with institutions internationally who have been seeking to become more entrepreneurial. He has previously worked in three universities and prior to his current role he was CEO of the UK’s National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. He is the 2016 European Entrepreneurship Education Laureate and now focus on developing entrepreneurial leaders in education and in business.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Maciej Markowski

International Policy Advisor Polish Accreditation Committee Poland

Maciej has specialism in developing entrepreneurial strategies for higher education institutions, and he is currently finishing PhD on the entrepreneurial transformation of higher education institutions. He has been a member of the HEInnovate Expert Group since 2014, coordinated the HEInnovate country review in Poland as well as participated in the country review in the Netherlands. His main area of expertise is development, implementation and evaluation of entrepreneurial agenda of higher education institutions via teaching and learning, institutional strategies and policies, which is supported by his background in external and internal quality assurance in higher education. Maciej has also conducted HEInnovate workshops for awareness raising and institutional development purposes over the past years. Currently he holds the position of the Chair of the Certification Group of the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education, and he is responsible for development of the Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation. He is also a member of the Accreditation Council of the Accreditation Council for Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops
  • Student engagement for using HEInnovate

István Vilmos Kovács

Director of International Relations and Innovation Corvinus University of Budapest Hungary

Istvan is a member of the HEInnovate expert group and he contributed as the national expert to the HEInnovate Hungary review. Istvan has been working on the development of the entrepreneurial culture of higher education institutions (HEIs) for years. Based on his experience with HEIs there is a great potential of actions with impact on entrepreneurship and innovation. Identifying key players, supporting the networking of those who have been or would act in this field are the first steps. He found that a common knowledge base and a knowledge sharing culture is a further area that might be crucial, including the need for evidence based self-reflection. Istvan also has significant expertise in internationalisation, and is a strong supporter of mobilising the talent and enthusiasm of students, who represent an often-unused resource for the HEIs to foster transformation. Istvan led several projects from creating strategic commitment to well targeted financial tools in order to improve innovation capacity of higher education institutions.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops
  • Student engagement for using HEInnovate

Adina Fodor

Head of the Office for Inter-university Agreements Babeș-Bolyai University Romania

Adina first attended an HEInnovate workshop and training in August 2015, given the initial interest of Babeș-Bolyai University in assessing and subsequently developing internationalisation. Adina since became a member of the HEInnovate expert group. Over the past years, she has been active in delivering workshops and presentations on the HEInnovate self-assessment tool to academic institutions in Romania and Turkey, expanding her fields of interest and expertise towards leadership, innovation and governance.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Mikkel Trym

Lead of Entrepreneurship, Climate-KIC Climate-KIC Nordic Denmark

Mikkel Trym is currently leading the Climate-KIC start-up program for the Nordic countries being the largest green-business initiative in Europe, with more than 250 partner institutions and a portfolio of more than 1.000 cleantech start-ups across Europe. For the past 10 years, Mikkel has worked to create entrepreneurial learning environments and to foster sustainable organisational change at all levels within several universities. Mikkel has co-founded a number of large-scale innovation programmes and lead the implementation of large-scale project activities. Mikkel has a double master degree in facilitation, communication and participatory development and have completed a number of executive programmes including the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Program at Oxford University and NCEE. Mikkel has completed several assignments for the European Commission and the OECD for the diffusion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship best-practices within University-Business Collaboration and the implementation of the HEInnovate self-assessment tool for universities across Europe. He has run many workshops on HEInnovate across Europe, for example in Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. He is a long-standing member of the HEInnovate expert group and also runs training sessions on ‘How to use HEInnovate’.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Nadine Burquel

International Higher Education Expert Burquel Consultancy Services (BCS) Luxembourg

Nadine is the founder of BCS Consultancy Services, a consultancy company specialising in advice and expertise on EU policies and EU programmes in higher education. Nadine advises on higher education strategic developments, leadership and governance, internationalisation, regional innovation and quality enhancement. She has directed and completed a large number of evaluations and policy studies in the field of higher education and national quality assurance in higher education. Since December 2013 she is an expert for HEInnovate the EU-OECD entrepreneurial framework for universities.  Nadine has been involved in many consultation exercises on EU policy and programme developments in higher education and has been on many stakeholders and expert groups. She has more than twenty years’ experience with EU education programmes (Comett, Erasmus, Socrates, Tempus, Lifelong Learning, Erasmus Mundus). Nadine has facilitated a wide range of European conferences and workshops, among many others on benchmarking internationalisation, modernising higher education governance and developing regional innovation, with academic and administrative leaders and managers at all levels in universities.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops
  • Student engagement for using HEInnovate

Fiona Godsman

Chief Executive Scottish Institute for Enterprise United Kingdom

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is a national organisation that supports enterprise education and student entrepreneurship in all of Scotland's universities and colleges. Fiona’s role at SIE is both strategic and operational. She advises on institutional strategy and operational policies, and she also has practical experience of delivering enterprise education and start up advice. Prior to her role at SIE, Fiona worked in the biotechnology sector, and she draws on her industry experience to provide relevance to her current role. She has served on a number of advisory groups related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education, and she is a past board member of Enterprise Educators UK and a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, ensuring that SIE plays a vital connecting role between academia and business within Scotland's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fiona has been involved with the HEInnovate expert group since 2014, and has run a number of HEInnovate workshops, for single and multiple higher education institutions. 

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Pedro Manuel Saraiva

Full Professor University of Coimbra Portugal

Pedro has significant experience in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including teaching and management roles played at the University of Coimbra, after having completed his PhD at MIT. He has participated in several HEInnovate Expert Meetings, workshops and was strongly involved in the HEInnovate Country Review conducted for Poland. Having over 2o years of experience in teaching Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Science Based Entrepreneurship, he was also the Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra in charge of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as advisor to the President of Portugal for Higher Education and Member of Parliament. In addition, he has founded and nurtured the creation of several start-ups and organisations. He is the author of a textbook in Portuguese about Entrepreneurship, which is now in its third edition.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • Speaking at events / workshops
  • Student engagement for using HEInnovate

Ester Bernadó

Associate Professor Tecnocampus (Pompeu Fabra University) Spain

Ester Bernadó is committed to higher education and life-long learning. She has held several positions in the university such as International Coordinator, Director of Bachelor’s Programs, Director of a Research Group in Data Mining, and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship. She has been involved in several projects promoting the transformation of higher education institutions and has designed and participated in several innovative learning and teaching methodologies. Ester is currently teaching creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in several bachelor’s degrees on business administration and engineering. Her classes are intended to awake the spirit of entrepreneurship among students, develop their skills and competences, together with the necessary knowledge to start-up businesses. She also participates and co-organizes workshops on entrepreneurship in international settings in collaboration with several European Universities. She has recently joined HEInnovate expert group, from where she can provide expertise on teaching and learning strategies, on how to prepare entrepreneurs, and how to align the organisation capacity to foster innovative institutions. Her background on data analytics can also help design strategies to measure impact. She also participated as mentor in HEI Hack, an initiative of Porto Design Factory where students contributed to their higher institution based on HEInnovate dimensions.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • General advice on using HEInnovate
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop
  • Speaking at events / workshops
  • Student engagement for using HEInnovate

Jakob Stolt

Senior Project Manager Climate-KIC Denmark

Jakob is currently a Senior Project Manager at Climate-KIC, EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a low carbon economy. They educate the next generation of climate entrepreneurs and change makers, run the world’s largest climate change start-up accelerator, and bring together partners from academia, business and cities/regions on major innovation projects. Prior to this Jakob was an Area Manager at Aalborg University Copenhagen with the responsibility for innovation and entrepreneurship as an integrated part of the work at the University. Earlier in his career he has been a partner in a course and publishing firm for several years, later working at Copenhagen Business School, then as Regional Director at International Danish Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) and as the Director at Øresund Entrepreneurship as a true practitioner, building on his Master in Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems (LAICS). Furthermore, he has edited and published two anthologies about entrepreneurship education.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • Speaking at events / workshops

Ana Fernandez-Laviada

Associate Professor University of Cantabria Spain

Ana has a Phd in Business and Economics, with a thesis about Operational risk in banking and focussed on internal and audit control for years. She moved on to the entrepreneurship world when she started to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) team in Cantabria in 2008. During her time as Vice-dean at the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2010-2014 she was in charge to organise the First International Encounter of Experts on Entrepreneurship (I EEEE). This represented the seed for the creation of Cantabria Emprendedora, a governmental platform to connect and help entrepreneurs and the CISE (Centre International Santander Entrepreneurship). This is a public-private initiative among the Bank of Santander and the University and Government of Cantabria. Since 2013 she has been the Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Spain Network and the Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cantabria. As the Head of the Entrepreneurship Area of the SME Chair, her main research interest areas are education and social entrepreneurship, where she has published several articles, directed thesis, master projects and recently edited a book with 45 authors from six different countries. She also organised the II and III EEEE, a HEInnovate Workshop in Cantabria and participated in the majority of HEInnovate Expert meetings.

I can be contacted for the following:
  • Specialist advice on my area of expertise
  • Running an HEInnovate workshop